Reality Bites (1994)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1994.  Jersey Films, Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by . Produced by , .  Production Design by .   Costume Design by .  Film Editing by ,

Gen X-ers graduate from college and are unable to find themselves a place in the new ‘real’ world that daunts them.  Winona Ryder displays a dollop of star quality as the valedictorian of her class who even tries working a burger joint after getting her college degree. Her real dream is to achieve success as a documentary filmmaker (even though she doesn’t even look like she can hold a camera) and her romance with a television executive () who wants to showcase her work just might be her ticket. Ethan Hawke‘s grimy, mean roommate with whom she constantly butts heads is the wrinkle in the plan. The characters are all appealing and the jokes are very funny, though it also manages to be pointless for most of its brief running time. The best thing about this movie is that it introduced the world to the comedy of , here playing Ryder’s best friend and roommate.

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